Maternal Morbidity & Mortality

Photo of a mom holding her baby
Since 1987, the rate of pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. has more than doubled.

HRSA has taken a leading role in addressing maternal mortality and morbidity through health promotion, risk prevention, and the training of health care professionals to identify and treat early warning signs.

About Maternal Morbidity & Mortality


How we address maternal morbidity & mortality

Implementing Best Practices

Partnering with States

Partnering with Local Communities

Sparking Innovative Solutions

Providing Primary, Pre and Perinatal Care at Health Centers

Supporting Health Care Providers

Improving Information Access for Rural Health

Combating Intimate Partner Violence

Supporting Data Collection


About Maternal Morbidity & Mortality

Maternal morbidity and mortality are key indicators of health and reflect the accessibility of maternal and other health care services.

The most common conditions causing maternal death are hemorrhage, severe high blood pressure, and venous thromboembolism. Severe maternal morbidity causes major short- or long-term health consequences and has increased by about 75% over the past decade in the United States.

Maternal morbidity and mortality relate to higher risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes like preterm birth and infant death.


1HRSA 2016 National Health Center Data, Table 3A - Patients by Age and by Sex Assigned at Birth:

2HRSA 2016 National Health Center Data, Table 6B - Quality of Care Measures:

Date Last Reviewed:  August 2019